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Dr. Ben Carson joins the candidates in the middle of the pack

Written By | Feb 2, 2016

WASHINGTON, February 2, 2016 – The man whose name no media ‘reporter’ will speak, Dr. Ben Carson, finds himself waking up after Iowa with a new designation: ‘Middle of the Pack.” Really? With a 9 percent win, he’s now relegated to all the 2 percenters?

What does a guy have to do to get noticed by Fox News these days?! The answer apparently is he must do better than being ‘Number Four’ in the queue; it takes securing a position above a famous, GOP-darling presidential brother and pack of professional politicians.

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Is it time to play ‘the race’ card?

Isn’t it interesting that the media took out the last African-American Republican presidential candidate, Herman Cain? They dug stuff up. Not that he’d consorted with convicted American revolutionaries, as had Barack Obama. Not that he had some questionable land deals and missing college scores, as had Obama.

They took him out by a personal tid-bit. I’m certain they’ve looked high and low to find ‘something’ on Dr. Ben Carson. Finding nothing (so far – stay tuned!) they’ve opted to totally ignore this fine man. Carson and Cain’s error is in thinking they can think and advocate for their own views irrespective of the establishment. And, cardinal sin, both embrace constitutional conservatism, which is anathema to the ‘literati.’

Absent an overwhelming victory such as Ted Cruz’s, another wind-mill tilter and constitutional conservative, achieved in Iowa, Carson can now be forever marginalized as in the ‘Middle of the Pack.’

He’s beneath regard. He merits no attention. What does a neurosurgeon know about politics? Where’s his showy, flashy attacks on others? Where’s a licentious story the media might seize upon? What good is he? After all, barely scratch the surface of any national political campaign and you will find money. Big money in ad revenues for the networks.

Candidate Donald Trump pricked a hole in that bubble when he declined the Iowa debate.

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Dr. Ben Carson is an African-American success story. He would be our second African-American president, capable of wiping away the stain left by the first. He’s also, not unlike the late Adlai Stevenson, an intellectual with a soft tone, but hard, clear thinking. He’s achieved Number Four, so-called “Middle of the Pack,’ by being canny, pulling together a professional team, having an excellent ‘ground game,’ and by eschewing personal attacks on competitors.

He’s stayed out of the mud. He’s been a quick study and when in the Oval Office, he will be a quick study. He will continue to eschew ‘business as usual.’ He will select an excellent cabinet and will listen carefully to everyone before focusing his laser-sharp mind on doing the people’s business.

But, “Shh!” Don’t ever utter his name, media. Kill him off by relegating Dr. Ben Carson to the “Middle of the Pack.” Then you can spend the next four years wondering what went wrong and why the same-old, same-old still isn’t working.

Dr. Carson doesn’t need the job. He has a voice. Respect. A wonderful family. A life.

But what about us? We need him. We need his voice and his judgement. We need a second African-American to clean up the mess left by the first.

Karen Hagestad Cacy

Karen Hagestad Cacy, of Colorado Springs, is a former Washington speechwriter and transportation lobbyist. Raised in Portland, Oregon, she holds a BA degree in Russian and Middle East Studies from Portland State University (and American University in Cairo.) Her four novels are available on She is also the author of two plays.